Excerpt: Too often in western RPGs is ‘choice’ touted as a feature, either through customization of the main character or through the impact your decisions have on the game’s story. Almost as often that latter choice turns out to be hollow, picking between saving the village or burning it down and dancing a jig on peasant corpses. But sometimes you have a game that wields this correctly. Enter The Witcher , in which your decisions, and the consequences thereof, are one of the...
Conclusion: Overall, The Witcher delivers on its promises. While an ardent RPGer might miss the expansive free roaming of Oblivion, the highly absorbing storyline (which has been deliberately avoided in this review so as not to spoil it for those who buy the game on this strength) coupled with a game that, for once, actually makes good on claims of early decisions directly affecting the gameplay makes it a worthy addition to the burgeoning dark fantasy genre.
Excerpt: The Witcher review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com The Witcher is a role-playing game from Eastern European developer CD Projekt Red. It is based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and it uses a modified version of BioWare’s Aurora engine (which was designed for the original Neverwinter Nights ). In the game you play a “witcher” named Geralt.
Excerpt: You are Geralt of Riviera, you have a rather large bump on your head, and life sucks. It’s the end of a five year war, and you don’t know where you are, who you are, or what you are. Thankfully, some kind souls are along shortly to get you back up on your feet. Once, you were a mighty monster hunter known as a Witcher, bringing down the mightiest and most feared creatures throughout the land for bounty and fame. Unfortunately, that’s no more.
Pros: Dark, foreboding world that looks, sounds, and feels lived in, Fantastic story populated by realistic NPCs with realistic problems, Innovative new combat mechanics add depth in place of mindless clicking, Cinematic visuals and a superb soundtrack
Cons: Could have done a better job introducing the new combat mechanics, Odd dialogue and somewhat cheesy voice acting
Excerpt: The Witcher, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not been following, is a third person RPG developed by CDPROJEKT and published by Atari based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and uses the popular Aurora engine, which in turn is the driving force behind the ever popular Neverwinter Nights series.
Conclusion: If you have a PC capable of running The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings it’s worth your time. However if you have a more average spec PC you won’t be able to enjoy the game at its best, and even the 360 version planned in November will surely be a watered down release compared to the Superior PC version. This is a game aimed at the adult gamer, but does it all with taste and timing.
Pros: The most lush graphics in any RPG today. A beacon of hope for future Adult games. Strategic challenging combat.
Cons: Tricky inventory system. Requires a Super Computer to play at its best.